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Connecticut Governor signs transgender protections bill into law

Friday, July 8, 2011
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Dannel Malloy

Connecticut’s Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy this week signed legislation prohibiting discrimination on the basis of gender identity and expression.

The new law adds the phrase “gender identity or expression” to all existing state sex discrimination laws, making Connecticut the 15th state to specifically protect transgender people.

Anything under authority of the state’s Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities is subject to the new rules, including employment, housing, public accommodations and credit.

“This bill is another step forward in the fight for equal rights for all of Connecticut’s citizens, and it’s the right thing to do,’’ the Governor said in a statement following the June 5 passage of the bill in the state Senate.

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